Originally Posted by PatNY
As for journalists, to a large extent they've always used one another as sources -- ie, the AP, UPI and other wire services have frequently formed the basis of stories for many of the same mainstream newspapers.
The 'problem' though, is secondary reporting.
That is, there is a story which is not verifiable enough for a newspaper to run it.
However, if a blog posts it, the newspaper will then run a 'X is reporting...' story, and report on the reporting. It is just an end-run around their obligations to do thorough research.